The Hard SF Renaissance

The Hard SF Renaissance

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by David G. Hartwell
     
 

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Something exciting has been happening in modern SF. After decades of confusion, many of the field's best writers have been returning to the subgenre called, roughly, "hard SF"-science fiction focused on science and technology, often with strong adventure plots. Now, World Fantasy Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer present an immense,

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Something exciting has been happening in modern SF. After decades of confusion, many of the field's best writers have been returning to the subgenre called, roughly, "hard SF"-science fiction focused on science and technology, often with strong adventure plots. Now, World Fantasy Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer present an immense, authoritative anthology that maps the development and modern-day resurgence of this form, argues for its special virtues and present preeminence-and entertains us with some spectacular storytelling along the way.

Included are major stories by contemporary and classic names such as Poul Anderson, Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke, Hal Clement, Greg Egan, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, Paul McAuley, Frederik Pohl, Alastair Reynolds, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, Charles Sheffield, Brian Stableford, Allen Steele, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, and Vernor Vinge.

The Hard SF Renaissance will be an anthology that SF readers return to for years to come.

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ISBN-13:
9780312876364
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.89(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

David G. Hartwell, called "an editor extraordinaire" by Publishers Weekly, is one of science fiction's most experienced and influential editors. As an editor with Berkley Books, Pocket Books, William Morrow, and Tor Books, he has worked with many of the field's best authors and edited many award-winning works. He is the author of Age of Wonders, a nonfiction study of the science fiction field. Among his many anthologies are the bestselling World Treasury of Science Fiction and the World Fantasy Award winner The Dark Descent. He is the holder of a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, a winner of the Eaton Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award twenty-four times.

Kathryn Cramer coedited the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology The Architecture of Fear and was the editor of its widely praised sequel Walls of Fear. She has edited and coedited several other anthologies. With David G. Hartwell, she edited The Ascent of Wonder, a major anthology covering the earlier history and development of "hard SF," to which this volume is a companion. Hartwell and Cramer also coedit the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Year's Best SF series. They live in Pleasantville, NY, with their son, Peter.

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It can be difficult to evaluate a collection of short stories from a variety of authors. Assuming an interest in the genre, most readers will like some stories, dislike others, and perhaps find many unremarkable. Such is the case with David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer's collection 'The Hard SF Renaissance,' a 960-page selection of work by some of the genre's most noted authors, including Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl, Ben Bova, Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, etc. 'Hard SF' is loosely defined by the editors and authors as somewhat-plausible speculative-fiction rooted in science-fact. Whether each of these offerings meet that definition is questionable, and it was certainly obvious to me that some authors are included primarily because they are personal favorites of the editors, and not because of their purported contributions to the genre. While I did enjoy some of the stories (most notably 'Hatching the Phoenix' by Pohl, set in his Heechee universe), many of the others were lifeless and drab, due perhaps to many authors' over-reliance on 'science' instead of 'fiction.' Indeed, many authors were so eager to reveal their scientific prophesies that they neglected all other elements of a good short story (plot, characters, etc.) except in the barest form. Not all stories fall into this trap -- Nancy Kress' Beggars in Spain emerges as the strongest contender in the story-telling vein, which is unfortunately in short supply elsewhere in the collection. This collection may be of use to those who want to read a small sample of work from various authors to determine which might pique their interest further, but I am unable to heartily recommend it to the casual reader because too many of the entries are merely humdrum.